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Fr. Juan  is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei who resides in Chicago. He holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the University of Navarre. His doctoral thesis was on John Henry Newman’s Eschatology.

The author’s interest in the life and works of Cardinal Newman began with his doctoral studies under Prof. José Morales, author of John Henry Newman (1801-1890).

Fr. Vélez has a medical degree, also from the University of Navarre, and was previously board certified in internal medicine.


Father John is a Norbertine priest of St Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California. He entered the community in 1995, earned his STB and Masters in Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He teaches English  at St Michael’s Preparatory School, the boarding school operated by the Norbertine Fathers, preaches retreats, and is chaplain to the cloistered Norbertine Nuns in Tehachapi, California. He and his community are cooperators of Opus Dei.

David John Warren is a freelance writer who lives with his wife in Glen Ellyn, IL. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. David was a member of the Anglican church for some years and entered the Roman Catholic Church at Easter 2013. He also works as a tennis instructor and is the Junior Tennis Coordinator at HealthTrack Sports Wellness.

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4 Comment(s)
  • Jane banik Posted September 1, 2015 7:24 am

    I am a co-worker for the Missionaries of Charity and am writing a little book about my experiences over the past twenty years. I would like to include the prayer “Radiating Christ” in the book. Do I need permission? If so where would I go to get permission?

    Thank you.

    Jane Banik

    • Fr. Juan Velez Posted September 11, 2015 7:44 pm

      Jane, I think you do not need any permission for that. I recognize that last part of the prayer as Newman’s words. Maybe the first part was composed by Mother Theresa. God bless you, Fr. Juan

  • Steve Paliakas Posted July 11, 2016 7:54 pm

    Good luck with the new website! Looks great!

    • Fr. Juan Velez Posted July 30, 2016 3:04 pm

      Thank you Steve.

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